Hoosiers Finish Fifth at Briar's Creek Invitational
March 26, 2013
JOHN'S ISLAND, S.C. - The Indiana women's golf team battled windy conditions on day one and completed rounds two and three on day two to finish fifth at the Briar's Creek Invitational at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek in John's Island, S.C.
The Hoosiers put up scores of 315-307-296 for a 54-hole tally of 918, just four shots out of second place. Notre Dame was crowned tournament champion with a 906, followed by Maryland (914), Coastal Carolina (916), Campbell (917) and the Hoosiers as the top five finishers in the 18-team tournament.
"I was really pleased with the effort today," said head coach Clint Wallman. "We put ourselves in a position to win, and while we didn't quite get it done I am proud of what they accomplished. The conditions really weren't any better today, but they pushed through the winds and firm greens to post some really solid numbers."
Senior Kate Coons came out firing on day two, posting a season-best 69 in the final round to place tied for fourth with a 222 (78-75-69). Coons tallied a 6-over 78 in the first round, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 10th hole. She came back with a 3-over 76 in round two, adding her second birdie of the tournament on 10 and carding a two on the par-3 17th hole. Her third round saw her post five birdies. Starting on hole five for the round, she went -5 for holes seven though three and nearly had a career best score before ending with a bogey on four.
"That was arguably one of the best rounds of her career," Wallman said.
Senior Rosie Davies tied for 13th with an 8-over 80 on Monday (74-74-80/228). Davies was tied for fourth after round one, posting a 2-over 74. It was a solid round for the senior save slip-ups on 17 (bogey) and 18 (double bogey). He lone birdie of the round came on the par-4 ninth hole. She followed that up with 74 in round two, posting three birdies in the round on 10, 12 and 18. Round three saw her match her tournament best with three birdies, but five holes of double bogey or worse brought up her score.
Graduate student Kristen Schelling snuck into the top 25, placing tied for 25th with a score of 232 (81-78-73). Schelling was tied for 46th after 18 holes with a 9-over 81. She picked up a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole but added double bogeys on nine and 16 to her scorecard. She cut three strokes off in round two with a 78, again picking up a birdie on seven. Her best round of the tournament came Tuesday when she matched three birdies with just four bogeys for a 1-over 73.
Sophomore Elizabeth Tong battled back with a 2-over 74 in round three to finish tied for 57th (83-82-74/239). Tong was 11-over par after the first round (83), picking up a birdie on the par-4 11th hole. She carded an 82 in round two, with her lone birdie coming on the par-5 10th hole. Tong found her groove in round three, going -1 through the first 14 holes and carding her tournament-best three birdies on the day.
Freshman Marissa DeCola shot a 9-over 81 on Tuesday to place tied for 75th (82-80-81/243). DeCola shot a 10-over 82 in round one. She played -2 for a six-hole stretch, with birdies on 13 and 15, but could not overcome five double bogeys in the round. She went two strokes better in round two with an 80, including a two on the par-3 second hole. She was at four over to that point, but posted a quadruple bogey on hole three before closing out the round with pars on four and five. An early triple bogey in round three had her fighting a deficit, but she gained a stroke with a birdie on 10 and would par six of the next eight holes.
The Hoosiers return to the links April 13-14 as they play host to the Indiana Invitational at the IU Golf Course in Bloomington.
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